How Language Affects Your Performance

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” No doubt, you heard this phrase from your parents growing up. You may even have shared it with your own children in an attempt to sooth the pain caused by hurtful comments. It’s meant as a declaration of mental strength, a statement … Continue reading How Language Affects Your Performance

Change the Way You Talk

Each year, I identify a handful of personal challenges. This is different form setting resolutions – something that millions of people do as part of their New Year’s celebration. I used to set resolutions as well, but switched to challenges for a couple of reasons. First of all, resolutions are often too vague. The most … Continue reading Change the Way You Talk

How to Keep Your Meetings (And Your Team) Moving Forward

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing on the topic of team meetings. This series of articles started with a review of 3 meetings you should stop having. That was followed by 4 meeting types that you should be having. I touched on 3 elements that make for a productive meeting, and then last … Continue reading How to Keep Your Meetings (And Your Team) Moving Forward

To Prepare for Your Next Meeting, Just Ask Questions

I’m constantly amazed at how ill-prepared people are for meetings. It doesn’t matter what the meeting is about, who’s in attendance, or what their particular role is – someone always shows up having not done their homework. In my opinion, a lack of preparation indicates a level of disrespect for the organization, the task at … Continue reading To Prepare for Your Next Meeting, Just Ask Questions

Do Your Meetings Disappoint? Try Adding These 3 Elements

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of bad meetings. I’m tired of listening to a talking head drone on about topics I already know about, have no interest in, or have no influence over. I’m tired of being bored, uninspired, and generally less informed than when the meeting started. In short, I’m tired … Continue reading Do Your Meetings Disappoint? Try Adding These 3 Elements

Four Meetings You Should Be Having Now

Just as there are plenty of meetings that don’t need to take place, there are times when it’s vitally important to bring the team together. Certain things need to be handled in a group setting, not via email or a series of one-on-one conversations. For these, you need to hold a meeting. You may need … Continue reading Four Meetings You Should Be Having Now

Three Meetings You Should Stop Having Now

It’s an event everyone, including the organizer, approaches with apprehension, dread; perhaps even a touch of fear. It’s the regularly scheduled work meeting. Historically dry and boring, yet generally regarded as a necessary evil, meetings have become something we suffer through rather than look forward to. “Death by meeting” has even entered the professional vocabulary … Continue reading Three Meetings You Should Stop Having Now